Commander of U.S. Forces in the Middle East and Central Asia Visits Astana to Discuss Security Cooperation

General Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, is in Astana May 14-15 on his first working visit to Kazakhstan.  During his time in Astana, Votel will meet senior leadership in the Kazakhstani government to discuss cooperation between the United States and Kazakhstan in support of security in Central Asia and beyond.  As Presidents Nazarbayev and Trump affirmed in January, the United States and Kazakhstan are committed to deepening their joint efforts to support regional security, including in Afghanistan.  The U.S.-Kazakhstan security partnership includes joint training opportunities for military officers, joint exercises, and more than 25 years of successful cooperation to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.